By Henry James
Introduction via Cynthia Ozick.
Henry James had arrived at such mastery of the kinds and makes use of of fiction by the point he released The Awkward Age in 1899 that this tale of a tender woman brought right into a casually corrupt circle of sophisticates is immediately a common drama of innocence confronting evil, an in depth exam of a social order, and a gorgeous photograph of a civilization in crisis.
On the verge of what used to be to be his maximum interval of creativity, James produced, in The Awkward Age, one of many best, so much rounded, and, in many ways, such a lot intimate and revealing of his lengthy string of masterpieces.
Written on the finish of the 1890's, James's novel enacts the stress among a variety of perspectives of ladies and likewise of an aristocracy which used to be fading.
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Their interest in rhetoric suggests not only the willingness of ‘‘creolized’’ Incas to value and to use the cultural products of another cultural group (even with the end of criticizing that group’s behaviors), but also, and crucially, their wish to demonstrate that these values and practices are, in fact, already part of an ongoing Incan cultural history that the Spanish, in spite of colonial violence, have failed to eradicate. In both cases, that of Mailloux and that of Ortega, ‘‘rhetoric’’ provides an avenue for examining possible similarities in cultural values at the same time that it acknowledges cultural differences.
Our knowledge of this literature can provide important historical context for current theoretical and methodological debates concerning the study of American Indian cultures as well as for the centuries-old political struggle between colonial dominance and Native resistance. It is important to recognize that the most conservative tendencies in contemporary scholarship descend from scholastic habits established in sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth-century European American writings about Native peoples, writings which we know were used to legitimate colonization.
Consider the work of literary scholars like Steven Mailloux (2000) and Julio Ortega (2003). Distinguishing their analyses from older kinds of formalist comparisons, both scholars have urged that ‘‘rhetoric’’ be reconsidered less as a solely Western expressive medium that conditions all colonial encounters across the hemisphere in determinate and oppressive ways, than as a cross-culturally valued theory of communication which favors concepts such as ‘‘dialogue’’ and ‘‘persuasion’’ over violence.
The Awkward Age by Henry James